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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: sleuthhound 'dog used for tracking people' (14-20 centuries), from sleuth 'track' (12-15 centuries) (from Old Norse sloth) + hound

sleuth

noun
     
sleuth [countable] old-fashioned
someone who tries to find out information about a crime [= detective]
sleuthing noun [uncountable]

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